16 to 20 pound smoked ham
12 to 15 large ti leaves
2 large sheets heavy foil
Trim skin and fat from ham, if desired. Wash ti leaves; remove stems and fibrous part of veins. Place sheets of foil crosswise in a large baking pan. Put ti leaves on foil with leaves radiating from the center and extending about 10 inches out of the pan. Place ham on leaves. Bring leaves and foil up and around ham. Seal foil tightly around ham. Bake in electric oven at 350°F for 8 hours. Shred ham before serving. Makes about 24 servings.
To cook in a slow cooker: Cut ham to fit pot. Omitting ti leaves, place ham in crock pot. Start on "high" for 5 hours; reduce to "low" and cook for about 2 hours, or until ham easily shreds.
Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving (based on 16 pound ham): 440 calories, 17 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 160 mg cholesterol, about 3000 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 63 g protein
Featured in Star-Bulletin on 6/6/07.